Great Egret close up

Great Egret close upGreat Egret close up – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 260mm, natural light

Well, if you are reading this the world hasn’t come to an end which I think is a really good thing since I have high hopes of photographing many more birds and animals before my time is up. 🙂

This Great Egret image was taken in Florida in 2009, the beautiful blue in the background is the water of the Gulf of Mexico. The image was taken a bit later in the morning than I usually like because the light can get harsh but high thin clouds diffused the light just enough that the whites weren’t blown and beautiful details are evident in the plumage.  I have quite a few images of this same bird that showed it preening and walking the shoreline and I’m glad the bird walked close enough to me to get this close up.

We are all still here, the earth wasn’t struck by an asteroid and the doom & gloom predictions of the end of the world weren’t accurate. I’m going out to find some birds and photograph them! Let’s all celebrate!



  1. hummingbirdlover December 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Hi! beautiful photo! So breathe taking!

  2. M. Firpi December 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    This is the “S” curve of their necks that I so much love.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      I love that S-curve too Maria. Thanks!

  3. Wally December 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

    What?? The world was supposed to end? I didn’t get the memo.

    Spectacular detail. It’s easy to see why it’s National Audubon’s symbol.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Wally, you might have been out in the field photographing birds when the end of the world memo was sent out and the memo got caught in the ethers. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

  4. Sherry in MT December 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Absolutely STUNNING shot Mia. I too am glad the world is still spinning and looking forward as well to lots of photo ops (with any luck) this weekend.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Sherry, it is wonderful that the earth survived 🙂

  5. Larry Jordan December 21, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Gorgeous detail in this bird Mia! I have many more birds to see and photograph as well. Besides, what’s with all these people that listen to the doom and gloom news on the idiot box and actually believe what they say? Folks need to get out into nature more and realize what a special place we have on this planet and what they can do to help pass on a cleaner more beautiful place to their children.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I agree Larry, more people need to get out into nature and take their children with them because the children will one day be the defender’s of the earth if we teach them to value nature. Thanks much for your comment Larry.

  6. Bob Bushell December 21, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Brilliant close up Mia, it doesn’t seem to mind you at all.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Bob. Some of the waders in Florida are fairly unafraid of people, a few times they moved in close enough to me I grew concerned about being speared with those very sharp bills

  7. kim December 21, 2012 at 6:03 am

    beautiful image and YAY more time to photograph birds 🙂

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Kim! can’t wait to see your “post apocalypse” bird images!

  8. Dan Huber December 21, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Beautiful shot Mia and glad we survived hehe 🙂

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Dan, so glad we survived too so I can photograph more birds and read great bird blogs like yours.

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